Dr Stephen Smith

Dr Stephen Smith

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Stephen Smith is a Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Paediatrics, Osteomyelitis, septic implants, limb deformity correction and limb lengthening. After qualifying with a BSc, and BSc honours he went on to do genetic research in diabetes under an MSc. After this he completed his undergraduate bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery at WITS in 2008. After completing his internship and community service in Port Elizabeth he stayed on to begin his orthopaedic training. Under the Guidance of Dr T. Bam he developed a keen interest in deformity work and limb salvage.

After 2 years in PE Dr Smith moved back to WITS to complete his orthopaedic training from 2013 – 2017. During this time, he was heavily involved in research and teaching. He was instrumental in the development and use of a “trauma ring” for external fixation in open fractures and presented his findings at both the South African Orthopaedic Association (SAOA), and the South African Orthopaedic Trauma Society (SOATS) meetings. He Developed and built some of the devices used in the creation of Chris Hani Baragwanath’s first Halo Gravity Traction unit, to assist with corrections in spinal deformities.

In total he presented 11 papers at orthopaedic congresses across South Africa. Winning best presentation in 2017 at the SOATS meeting. During his training Dr Smith continued to expand his experience in deformity correction and limb lengthening.

He continues to attend the annual South African Limb Reconstruction Meetings, and has attended advanced training courses in limb reconstruction both in South Africa and in Verona. In 2018 he co-founded the Gauteng Orthopaedic Associates with his Practice Partner Dr Ashley Naidoo. Dr Smith continued to grow his knowledge around Limb Salvage by working with Dr R. Kyte in the field of Tumour and Sepsis, focusing on osteomyelitis, septic implants and the Lautenbach method of treatment.

Education & Experience

1996 Mass Gen Hosp-Harvard Med Sch Fellowship Hospital
1995 Carolinas Medical Center Residency Hospital
1990 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Medical School

Honors & Awards

  • FC Orth (SA) (2017),
  • MMed (Ortho Surg) Witwatersrand (2017),
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor (2011)
  • MB BCh Witwatersrand (2008),
  • Cert Emergency Ass Trauma Link (2002),
  • BSc (Hons) Witwatersrand (2002),
  • BSc Witwatersrand (2001),
  • Cert Basic Amb Asst - Human Emer Life Programme (2001)

Dr Stephen Smith